A new App for iPhone and Apple Watch aims to improve communication between patients and surgeons before and after knee and hip surgery.
Launched Monday by Apple and orthopedic maker Zimmer Biomet, the mymobility app enables patients to send and receive messages to and from surgeons and nursing teams. In addition, patients can access training videos and reminders.
Surgeons and nursing teams can also use the app to collect and submit data about patients, and they can send reminder notices to patients' Apple Watches. In addition, they can monitor patients' activity levels as they prepare for and recover from the surgery.
"We believe that one of the best ways to empower consumers is to give them the opportunity to use their health and activity information to improve their own care," said Jeff Williams, Chief Operating Officer at Apple. "We are proud that knee and hip replacement patients can use their own data and share it seamlessly with their physicians so they can share their care and recovery, which was previously not possible with traditional personal visits. Connect consumers with their physicians continuously before and after the operation. "
More than one million knee and hip prostheses take place each year in the US, according to Zimmer Biomet. This number could rise to 3.5 million by 2035, the company said.
Zimmer Biomet is also launching a clinical trial to investigate the impact of myobility on patient outcomes and the cost of joint replacement. For the study, patients who receive a knee or hip replacement use the app with the Apple Watch provided to them. Your feedback is combined with continuous health and activity data from the Watch. The study, which launches on Monday, could have up to 10,000 participants in the US, Zimmer Biomet said.
The company's partnership with Apple comes about as the tech giant is working to turn its watch into a full-fledged health device than just a fitness tracker. With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4,that measures electrical activity in the heart to detect heart disease and cardiac arrhythmias. More consumers are looking for smartwatches that can monitor health last month. This report also brought the Apple Watch to the forefront of the global wearables market in the second quarter.
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